Trevi Fountain is one of the most popular sights in Rome. According to legend, the person who throws a coin in it, will return to the city again. If he throws two coins, he will meet his love; if three, he will get married. Those who decide to throw four coins, will become rich.
By the way, there is a special rule for throwing a coin. Tradition dictates that visitors should throw a coin into it using the right hand over the left shoulder.
Judging by the value of the coins that the cleaners annually collect, the enigma comes true. In the early 2000s, more than $ 800,000 was extracted from the fountain. Now the figure has doubled and increased to $ 1.6 million.
There are two factors that have influenced the growth of the number of coins tossed into the fountain. The first factor is related to the growth of the tourist flow. The second reason is associated with the fact that coins are collected daily by the municipal services. Previously, some part of the coins were collected by ordinary people who did not feel embarrassed to get into the water and ‘earn’ some money. At present, swimming in Roman fountains is prohibited by law. The penalty ranges from $ 350 to $ 600. The authorities note that this cultural heritage must not be used for any other purposes, and people are not allowed to put it under risk.
When the coins are collected, they are sent for cleaning and sorting.
Various coins can be found in the fountain — from dollars to yens. In addition to coins, medallions, keys, bracelets, glasses and even false teeth are sometimes found in the mountain.
All the collected money is used for charities (shelters and canteens for the poor).
You can track the process of collecting money from the fountain in the video below.
It turns out that tourists donate money for charity without even knowing it. It’s great that all the money is used to help the needy. What do you think of the tradition of tossing a coin?